[6/7/2016] Shohei Tateyama pitches in Ni-gun rehab game

Shohei Tateyama (right elbow) could pitch during a three-game Ni-gun series against Yomiuri that begins today.

Tateyama had surgery on his elbow on April 20. He was originally expected to miss about three months (six weeks for a full recovery and an additional six weeks of training and conditioning), but has made good progress and could be ready to rejoin the active roster before the end of the month.

Source: Sponichi 6/7/2016

[UPDATE @ 10:15pm]

Tateyama started a Ni-gun rehab game against Yomiuri earlier today. He gave up two runs on three hits over four innings of work.

Source: Daily Sports 6/7/2016

[UPDATE @ 11:12pm]

Tateyama walked two, struck out three, and topped out at 146km/h.

Source: Sanspo 6/7/2016

[UPDATE 6/8 @ 10:25am]

Tateyama threw fifty-four pitches.

Source: Sponichi 6/8/2016


[6/7/2016] Yoshihisa Naruse to pitch out of the bullpen

The Yakult Swallows decided to move Yoshihisa Naruse to the bullpen to see if a change in roles might help him get back on track. They were also in need of a left-handed reliever since their current group of starting pitchers are all right-handed.

Source: Sports Hochi 6/7/2016


[6/7/2016] Nihon Seimei MVP of the Month Awards for May

Central League


Kenta Ishida, Yokohama (First Time)
4 G, 4-0, 27.0 IP, 0.33 ERA, 24 SO, 1 ER

Beginning with a start on May 4 against Yakult and lasting partway through a start on May 25 against Chunichi, he put together a streak of twenty-six scoreless innings in between four starts. He was tied for the league lead in wins and ERA in May.


Fumihito Haraguchi, Hanshin (First Time)
24 G, .380 AVG, 30 H, 5 HR, 17 RBI

He was added to the seventy-man roster on April 27 and played in his first game on the same day. He was the starting catcher in twenty-three or twenty-four games in May. He led the league in batting average and picked up a walk-off hit on May 19 against Chunichi. He is the first position player with Ikusei experience in either league to win the award.

Pacific League


Dennis Sarfate, Sofbank (First Time)
16 G, 0-1, 12 S, 16.0 IP, 1.69 ERA, 16 SO, 3 ER

He pitched in sixteen games in May and set a new Pacific League record for saves in one month with twelve. He recorded holds after entering games in the ninth inning with the score tied on May 4 against Nippon Ham and May 14 against Orix. He recorded six consecutive perfect saves between May 22 and May 31. He notched his 150th career save on May 31.


Brandon Laird, Nippon Ham (First Time)
28 G, .315 AVG, 35 H, 10 HR, 28 RBI

He played in twenty-three games in May and led the league in home runs, runs (19), total bases (68), and slugging (.791). His twenty-one RBI was good for third. He recorded his first two-homer game of the season on May 3 against Softbank. He hit home runs in consecutive trips to the plate for the first time in his NPB career on May 19 against Softbank. He also recorded two home runs in back-to-back games on May 28 and 29.


[6/7/2016] Hirsoshima Carp: starting pitchers for Nippon Ham series

The Hirsoshima Carp will most likely start the following pitchers during their three-game series against the Nippon Ham Fighters that begins today.

  • Takaya Toda
  • Kris Johnson
  • Yusuke Nomura

Source: Daily Sports 6/7/2016


[6/7/2016] Interview with Deunte Heath

YakyuDB: How are you feeling? Have you had any physical problems?

Deunte Heath: I’m feeling good. No, I haven’t had any physical problems.

YakyuDB: Why do you want to play in Japan and what do you miss most?

DH: I would like to play in Japan again, because I like the way they respect the game and the way they prepare for a game. Every game feels like a climax series game. I miss the culture and the country itself. My daughter asks me once a week, “When are we going back to Japan.” LoL


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Victoria Series: Saitama Astraia at Hyogo Dione – June 4,5

June 4 at Himeji Baseball Stadium – 19:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Saitama Astraia 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 1
Hyogo Dione 0 0 1 0 1 0 x 2 7 0

WP: Yuki Izumi (5 G, 2-0)
LP: Rina Taniyama (9 G, 2-3)

Game Time: 1h45m
Attendance: 789

Hero Interview

  • Yuki Izumi = 30 BF, 96 NP, 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 SO, 2 BB, 1 HBP, 1 R, 1 ER. She recorded a complete game victory.

Game Page | Highlights


June 5 at Himeji Baseball Stadium – 13:00

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Saitama Astraia 1 0 0 0 7 0 5 13 16 0
Hyogo Dione 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1

WP: Yukari Isozaki (7 G, 2-4)
LP: Mika Miyahara (8 G, 2-2)

Game Time: 2h02m
Attendance: 435

Hero Interview

  • Yukari Isozaki = 24 BF, 86 NP, 7.0 IP, 3 H, 5 SO, 1 BB, 0 R, 0 ER. She tossed a three-hit shutout.
  • Miwa Naraoka = 2-for-5: 2B9 one RBI (100th career hit), G6, 1B7, E5 (fielding), F8. She recorded her 100th career hit.

Game Page | Highlights



[6/6/2016] Fourth NPB Umpire School

The NPB posted information about its fourth NPB Umpire School.

  • When: December 17 (Sat) – 23 (Sun)
  • Where: Lotte Urawa Stadium and Plaza Hotel Urawa
  • Fee: 83,000 yen (includes meals and room)
  • Requirements: high school degree, including people graduating in March 2017
  • Openings: sixty-five
  • Deadline: August 31 (Wed)

Source: NPB announcement


[6/6/2016] Yakult Swallows added Ryo Hirai to seventy-man roster

The Yakult Swallows announced on June 6 that they added Ryo Hirai to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 167 to 67.

The Swallows re-signed Hirai to an Ikusei contract at the end of last season because he was still in the process of coming back from right shoulder surgery in 2013.

Source: Yakult announcement,


[6/6/2016] Leyson Septimo pitches in batting practice scrimmage

Leyson Septimo pitched in a batting practice scrimmage at Nagoya Dome on June 6. He faced twelve hitters, threw forty-one pitches, allowed two could-be hits, walked one, and struck out two.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/6/2016, Sanspo 6/6/2016


[6/6/2016] Yuya Yokoyama resumes throwing exercises

Yuya Yokoyama (left shoulder) resumed throwing exercises at Naruohama on June 5 — he threw the ball into a net fifty times. He is set to resume playing catch within the next couple of days.

Source: Sanspo 6/6/2016

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 137 84 49 4
Hanshin 133 72 58 3
Yokohama 133 66 63 4
Yomiuri 134 67 64 3
Chunichi 134 57 72 5
Yakult 135 44 89 2
Softbank 134 90 44 0
Seibu 135 75 57 3
Rakuten 128 70 56 2
Orix 131 61 69 1
Nippon Ham 131 51 80 0
Lotte 133 48 84 1
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